Though Liam Wright wasn't home yesterday just before 6 a.m. when officers busted through his apartment door waving a search warrant, part of what the agency describes as an ongoing investigation into May Day violence, two of his housemates and two other visitors were. Wright was listed as the contact on a press release distributed yesterday with the title, "SWAT team raids Occupy Seattle organizers," and talked with Seattle Weekly yesterday afternoon in an attempt to shed light on what had transpired.
Wright says the festivities started with the "loud bang" of a flash bang grenade and shouts of identification from police. After busting in the apartment door, Wright says officers pointed tactical rifles at the four occupants and proceeded to "tear the apartment apart," knocking down a bookshelf, scattering clothes, tearing curtains and damaging a laptop.
The sympathetic treatment I gave the apartment's door was enough to inspire at least one Daily Weekly commenter to chime in.
You going to hold a funeral for that door? Mentioned it enough. Fact is, quick entry is required and justified many times when serving warrants. Keeps evidence from being destroyed and lessens the time occupants have to coordinate an assault. In these scenarios maintaining the integrity and functionality of the door is fairly low on the priority list.